Flood of protests after Cardenden water project scrapped

Anne and Jim Barber, with David Taylor, in their flood damaged garden
Anne and Jim Barber, with David Taylor, in their flood damaged garden

Villagers in Cardenden have slammed Fife Council after a major project to treat contaminated water was cancelled.

A plan to install a pipe and four filtration tanks to clean the water which runs from Woodend down to Jamphlars Pond, and alleviate flooding, was shelved after the council held investigations and now claim “the actual water quality benefits don’t justify the cost”. A series of dredging operations will take place instead.

But locals, such as Jim and Anne Barber of Jamphlars Road, who have endured years of misery caused by flooding, say that the dredging won’t completely solve the problem.

David Taylor, Secretary of Cardenden Community Council, said: “During the past 10 years great hardship has been caused to residents through flooding.

“Now there will be nothing to show for all the misery and frustration that has been caused.”

Kenny Bisset, Lead Officer Land & Air Quality Team, said; “We’ve taken into account the concerns of the local community. We’ve instructed contractors to complete the clearance works in the inlet and outlet ditches of Jamphlars Pond.

“We hope this will alleviate the flooding issues.”